Document Type


First Faculty Advisor

Michael Roberto

Second Faculty Advisor

Kathryn Ostermeier


locus of control; intrinsic motivation; extrinsic motivation; athletic performance; academics


Bryant University

Rights Management



The purpose of this study was to expand the conversation of locus of control through quantitative research. A hypothetical model was tested to determine if there is a significant relationship between an athlete's locus of control and their athletic performance. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation were posited as mediators in the relationship. To test the hypothesized model, data was collected for Division 1 athletes (n=136). The data was analyzed using Preacher and Hayes (4) macro, with results indicating no significant relationship between locus of control and athletic perofrmance. Intrinsic motivation was found to be a predictor of athletic performance. Limitations, discussion, and future directions are included.